Managers vs Leaders

A recent article about Zappos going flat and getting rid of managers caused me all sorts of conflicting feelings.  So let’s break it down. What I love: The concept of leaders over managers.  The article points out “its not leaderless”.…

Creating Energy: Go Big

My recent blog post on creating energy gave an example of small ideas that a leader can support.  This post is about going big. Recently, Matt Heusser (@mheusser) was able to attend and write about TechSmith’s Internal Developer Conference.  I…

Appreciation Day – Doc

Unfortunately, saying thank you seems to be an after thought more and more. So at least once a month, I will take a few minutes to publicly appreciate someone that has had an impact on me. This round:  Doc List…

Creating energy

One of the areas that I most enjoy but have the most difficult time creatively with is creating events that energize a team.  The easy answers are picnics or bowling, etc.  However, when I have pushed myself to spend time…

Agile Killed My Resume

At the first Agile conference I attended back in 2007, I sat in a session by Lyssa Adkins.  I don’t remember what the session title was but I clearly remember this moment: She held up a blank piece of paper and…

Coaching is not the same as Mentoring

A coach is responsible for creating an environment that supports an individual while achieving a specific professional goal. Coaching is essential in early stages of learning and often is an assigned role. For example, you might be coaching several individuals…

Why software development?

I had an interesting question posed to me after attending my session last week.  She asked me “If you are no longer coding, why limit yourself to the software development industry?”   My answer was simply “I love it.” but…

The value of Ignite

To piggyback from last week’s topic, most of the options I listed can seem overwhelming.  Don’t stress, I have a great suggestion that I was lucky to learn from an energetic developer, Jared. One day, Jared approached me asking if…